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No Place for Poetry on My Son's Common Core ELA Test

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Ever since Beowulf, poetry has been critical to the development of the English language. We are now seeing a form of literary expression disappear without any discussion of whether it has a role to play in modern education.

Can Bill de Blasio Implement a Broader, Bolder Approach to New York City Education?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.10.2014 | New York
Elaine Weiss

The question now is whether the city will be at the forefront of the growing momentum to advance a more comprehensive, community-led approach to educational improvement?

Why New York's Super Wealthy Oppose de Blasio's Universal Pre-K Plan

Diane Ravitch | Posted 11.06.2013 | New York
Diane Ravitch

De Blasio is proposing research-based programs. Those who care about education and kids should be cheering and should gladly pay an extra $973 (or more if their income is higher) to do what is right for kids.

It's Time To Revamp Our Education System

Jean-Claude Brizard | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Jean-Claude Brizard

I have seen evidence for the challenges we face at every level, from the student with his head down in a South Side Chicago classroom, to district-wide data demonstrating vast underperformance and inequity, to our nation's weak standings on international assessments. The cause for concern is serious and urgent. There is evidence that we are making progress toward closing the opportunity gap, but I am worried - we are not closing the success gap.

In NYC, Rhetoric vs. Reality

Eric Lerum | Posted 07.23.2013 | New York
Eric Lerum

There is still much work to be done -- but there is no doubt the city's education system is on a better path because of the leadership of the past decade. Students and families in New York City -- and everywhere -- deserve a real debate on the issues.

Small Schools: Miracle or Mirage?

Marc Epstein | Posted 04.23.2013 | New York
Marc Epstein

Whenever I read a Bill Gates prescription for healing our public schools or society I'm reminded of the old E.F. Hutton commercial, "When E.F. Hutton ...

The Threshold of Revelation

Christian Clarke | Posted 02.15.2013 | Education
Christian Clarke

This year there are moments when I'm lost and miserable and struggling with what it means to be an inner-city teacher. For the first time I'd started to wonder if I can go on teaching in the school I love but which is struggling against immense forces it can't control. Had I lost my calling?

Education Providers Help Students Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Zev Gotkin | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Zev Gotkin

Hurricane Sandy left much destruction in its wake, galvanizing emergency services and volunteers to aid those severely affected by the disaster. Most ...

Will NY Reform Commission Champion School Funding Equity?

David Sciarra | Posted 12.24.2012 | Education
David Sciarra

The School Reform Commission has an historic opportunity to stand up for the constitutional rights of New York's public school children.

123 Struggling New York City Schools Identified For Closure

Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

The New York state Department of Education has identified 123 city schools that must dramatically improve by 2015 or risk being closed, GothamSchools ...

Teacher Sues NYC Department Of Education For Allegedly Being Fired For Refusing Foursome

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.16.2012 | Education

Frank Farino, a former assistant principal at P.S. 43Q in Queens, New York, has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education and ...

NYC Could Be Forced To Pay Bullied Girl's Private-School Tuition

Posted 07.16.2012 | Education

A 12-year-old girl who was bullied out of her Manhattan public school could end up having her private school tuition paid for by the city of New York,...

Cheating Scandal Voids 71 Stuyvesant Students' Regents Exams

Posted 07.10.2012 | Education

A group of Stuyvesant High School students will have to retake their Regents exams following a cheating scandal that rocked the elite New York City pu...

NYC's School Closing Gambit Leaves Students Behind

Gail Robinson | Posted 09.02.2012 | New York
Gail Robinson

New York City's efforts to fire half the staffs at 24 struggling schools took another turn last week -- and like everything that has happened in the last six months at these schools, the latest twist seems unlikely to help the students.

A Private Decision

Tom Allon | Posted 08.05.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

Let's begin a public discussion of what is working and how to make sure every student feels they have great teachers and great school facilities.

Boy Hangs Himself After Bullies Tease Him About Dead Father

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 05.31.2012 | Education

Joel Morales, a 12-year-old student in East Harlem, New York City, hanged himself after bullies at school taunted him for his size, intelligence and t...

Thoughts on Teacher Appreciation Week

Lori Ungemah | Posted 07.07.2012 | Education
Lori Ungemah

Tell them they have made a difference in your kid's life, or your life, or both. Tell them how and why. Be specific. Just tell them. Because knowing that you made a difference in someone's life is, hands down, the best gift of all.

Bringing Diversity to New York City's Specialized High Schools

John C. Liu | Posted 05.30.2012 | New York
John C. Liu

We need to build on the great foundation we have in New York City and pour our energy and resources into our public schools, because they are the key to spreading prosperity.

Helping Kids Whose "Brains Are on Fire"

Tom Allon | Posted 05.26.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

The minds we waste each day in substandard public education could be the next Albert Einstein or Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. Our children can't wait.

What the Bloomberg Administration Seems to Forget

Gail Robinson | Posted 05.01.2012 | New York
Gail Robinson

As they have sought to remake the nation's largest public school system, New York City officials have portrayed their efforts as a civil rights struggle. But despite such rhetoric, the city has created an obstacle course for its students.

Let's Comfort the Afflicted

Tom Allon | Posted 04.22.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

Every vote is equal. The "afflicted" can catch up to the "comfortable." We just need to reform our 20th century, tired ideas -- and the leaders who perpetuate them.

Susan Sarandon Gives $75,000 To NYC Schools For Table Tennis Programs

AP | Posted 04.16.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Susan Sarandon has donated $75,000 to support table tennis programs in New York City public schools. The city Department of Educatio...

New Yorkers Put More Faith In Teachers Than Bloomberg

Posted 02.08.2012 | New York

It's another round for Bloomberg versus the teachers union and it's looking like the latter has won the approval of New York City voters. A new po...

New York City and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 03.28.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Metal detectors at school entrances make many New York City schools feel more like prisons than places where young people want to be and contribute to the sense that these are not a place where people are respected.

Mayor 13 Percent Failed Me

Jazmine Miller | Posted 03.24.2012 | New York
Jazmine Miller

You often hear the Department of Education brag about our improved graduation rates in NYC. But what good does it do to graduate more students if only a handful of them are prepared for the future?